The issue with many GERD treatments is that they aim to control the symptoms of GERD including heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing, rather than addressing the root cause of GERD. When your GERD treatments fail to relieve the symptoms of your GERD, you may need anti-reflux surgery to reverse the issue that is causing your GERD. Below are four signs it might be time for reflux surgery.
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Treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—a condition in which stomach acid rises back up into the esophagus—is often a case-by-case process in which your doctor prescribes different types of treatments depending on the severity of your case. Your doctor may start with suggestions for lifestyle changes or over-the-counter medications, and if those don’t alleviate the symptoms of your GERD, your doctor may then suggest a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Below we’ll go over the relation of PPIs and GERD, and what you need to know when it comes to your GERD treatment.
When it comes to your health, care shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. And when choosing your doctor, you should put your health and treatment in the hands of a professional you trust. Still, it’s easier said than done in the age of endless options at your fingertips. So we’ve done the leg work for you and put together this guide for what to look for when picking the right reflux doctor to fit your needs.
Acid reflux affects nearly 25 million people every day, which can be a pretty uncomfortable thing to deal with on a daily basis. You may be experiencing frequent or severe heartburn and acid reflux, but does that mean you have GERD?
GERD—or gastroesophageal reflux disease (say that three times fast)—is a disease in which stomach acid frequently flows back into your esophagus and can irritate the lining of it. But how do you define “frequently” in this case? And how do you know when to see a reflux doctor? Below, we’ll take a look at symptoms of GERD, how it’s diagnosed, and when it’s time to see a specialist.